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Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads

A few moments ago, version 2 of the Banshee music player for Linux was released, bringing with it a whole slew of new features, and the addition of an official -- but alpha-quality -- Windows build. The Mac OS X build of version 2 is due later today. The most notable new feature is support for the Amazon MP3 store -- you can buy and download music from within Banshee -- but unfortunately...

SoftMaker Office coming to Android

SoftMaker Office has been a popular cross-platform and mobile productivity suite for quite some time, and it's likely going to get a whole lot more popular thanks the the impending release of an Android app. The company hasn't shared many details at this point. In a blog post, SoftMaker does offer a peek at how the app's toolbars function. "You will be amazed how fast you can work with [the...

Unity Android released, enables rapid porting from iOS, Web and PC

Unity -- the popular 3D game development tool -- has announced that its Unity Android and Unity Android Pro tools are now available for download. So what's the big deal? The tool allows developers who have used Unity to create games for other platforms -- including iOS -- to port them to Android with "one click." Loads of popular games have been created using Unity, and some have already...

TorChat, anonymous and secure messaging and file transfers

Using the Tor network of virtual tunnels, TorChat is a small, portable and open-source IM client that allows for completely anonymous and secure communications and file sharing. It works on both Windows and Linux. If you're on Windows, all you have to do is download, unzip, and run torchat.exe. It will automatically connect to the Tor network -- which will take a few minutes -- but then it...

BlueGriffon: a cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML5 and CSS3 editor based on Firefox 4

If you want to get in on the HTML5 and CSS3 revolution, and would prefer some training wheels while you learn all of the new HTML tags and CSS transitions and transforms, look no further than BlueGriffon. It's free, open-source, and runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. BlueGriffon is built upon a recent version of Firefox 4. It uses the same Gecko page layout engine -- and in fact, lots of the...

Handbrake video conversion tool adds Blu-ray support, more device presets

Popular cross-platform video conversion app Handbrake has updated to version 0.9.5 and added some very important new features. Handbrake now supports Blu-ray ripping -- but you will, of course, still need a decryption app like DVDFab. The new version also adds more device presets, batch scanning, and the ability to edit entries in your conversion queue. Adding files on Windows has gotten easier,...

Clementine music player gets better with Jamendo and IceCast support, smart playlists, and more

Clementine -- the upstart music player inspired by Amarok -- continues to mature into a very capable app. Recently, Clementine 0.6 was released and it added several nice new features. For starters, Clementine now offers Jamendo and Icecast on its Internet listening tab. With thousands of Icecast streams to choose from and Jamendo's massive catalog of music (which is available everywhere in the...

Adobe releases AIR 2, standalone SDK download coming soon

Adobe just released the finished version of Adobe AIR 2, its cross-platform framework for apps. That means developers on Windows, Mac and Linux can deploy their AIR 2 apps today. For users, this means new versions of the AIR apps you love are probably coming very soon... That's assuming that you love any AIR apps at all. AIR is notorious for its instability and memory-hogging, but AIR 2 should...

Steam's new Mac client hints at Linux support

As soon as news broke that the Steam client for Mac systems was on the way, Linux gamers everywhere scooted up to the edge of their seats. "Now all they have to do is release this for us!!" which, of course, brought the inevitable "It'll be a cold day...before Valve releases a Linux client" replies. Not so fast. Over at Phoronix, they've found a sliver of evidence that Valve is indeed working...

App for the Milk is a desktop client for Remember the Milk

App for the Milk is a cross-platform Adobe Air-based desktop client version of the extremely popular online task management application Remember the Milk. One of the unique aspects of Remember the Milk is that it lends itself well to various user interface interpretations. There are already a number of different UIs for RTM, including the classic web interface, the embedded Gmail interface, the...

Download Squad's Back-to-School Software Picks

As kids the world around get ready for "that time of year" and the sense of dread excitement builds, we find ourselves looking for ways to make this school year a little easier than the one before it. Being nerds, we turn to software. This year, Download Squad has hand-picked some promising shareware/freeware tools for that should come just as handy as the mandatory two boxes of tissues...

Run Linux apps on Windows or OS X with Lina

Next month a California-based startup plans to release an application that will allow Windows, Mac, and Linux users run Linux binaries without any modifications. Lina is a Linux virtual machine that allows users to run applications with the native look of their host operating system. It also lets you install applications with a mouse-click, no need to compile software from source code. The idea...

Microsoft announces Silverlight, a Flash competitor

Microsoft Silverlight, in Microsoft's wording, is a next-generation, cross-platform, cross-browser web client runtime. In other words, a Flash competitor. This is a runtime that will allow the playback of files using various forms of interactivity on both PC and Mac platforms. Silverlight will essentially deliver rich interactive applications for the web that incorporate video, animation, and...

CrossOSS: Database of cross-platform software

CrossOSS is a web site for people who want to be able to use the same programs on their Windows machine, their Linux box, and their Mac. It's a database of applications--open source, free, and commercial--that will run on at least two of the above platforms. At the moment the database is fairly small--less than 100 apps--but there's some great selections in categories ranging from Database to...

Make lenticular images with Lentikit

Remember those cool lenticular images, back in the days before holograms and Magic Eye posters? Well I do. Lenticular images use a special plastic cover (sorta like a bunch of prisms on a page) to show your eye one of two or three images on one page. Usually they simulate a limited 3d effect, or show simple animations. My daughter has a Disney Princess cup with lenticular printing on it. There are...